Trump Administration

DOJ Seeks To Defend Trump In Rape/Defamation Suit

Bloomberg News reports: The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to take over the defense of President Donald Trump in a defamation suit brought by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who claims Trump raped her two decades ago. In a court filing Tuesday, the Justice Department said Trump was acting “within the scope” of his job as president when he said …

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Joe Exotic Claims Sexual Assault In WH Pardon Plea

TMZ reports: Joe Exotic has submitted a 257-page case to Donald Trump — arguing various reasons why he should be pardoned from his 22-year murder-for-hire sentence — claiming he was sexually assaulted behind bars. Joe included a letter he sent to Donald Trump Jr. in his documents, in which he claims, “I have been sexually assaulted by jail staff, beat …

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Sarah Sanders Busted In Lie During Interview In Which She Attacks Fellow Ex-WH Staff As “Disgruntled” Liars

ABC News reports: Sarah Sanders, whose memoir was published Tuesday, told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos that the cacophony of negative comments from former officials — including former  Security Adviser John Bolton, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis — contrasted sharply with her own account because hers was “honest.” “It’s really simple,” Sanders …

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House Oversight Committee To Investigate Dejoy

The Washington Post reports: House Democrats are launching an investigation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and called for his immediate suspension following accusations that he reimbursed employees for campaign contributions they made to his preferred GOP politicians, an arrangement that would be unlawful. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) said in a statement late Monday that the House Committee on Oversight …

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Fox News: Steve Mnuchin Heard “Losers” Comments

Mediaite reports: Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin doubled down on her previous reporting which claimed President Donald Trump disrespected veterans and war dead, adding that Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin was in the room with the president when he disparaged four-star generals. Griffin reported Mnuchin was at the Tank meeting in the Pentagon on July 20, 2017, when …

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North Carolina AG To Probe DeJoy’s Donor Scheme

Law & Crime reports: Louis DeJoy, the Postmaster General, reportedly engaged in what is known as a straw-donor scheme back when he was chief executive of the company of New Breed Logistics. That news is on the radar of the attorney general of North Carolina, where DeJoy was based. AG Josh Stein, a Democrat, declined to speak directly to the …

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Schiff: Barr Is Lying About Election Threat From China

CNN reports: House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff on Sunday accused Attorney General William Barr of lying about intelligence related to foreign interference in the upcoming presidential election. In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” Schiff was asked about Barr’s claim from last week’s interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that China is interfering with the election …

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NYT: Tillis Benefited From DeJoy’s Forced Donations

The New York Times reports: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy cultivated an environment at his former company that left employees feeling pressured to make donations to Republican candidates, and rewarded them with bonuses for doing so, according to former employees. A review of campaign finance records shows that over a dozen management-level employees at New Breed would routinely donate to the …

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NBC: Trump May Fire Defense Sec. Mark Esper

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump has long been unhappy with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and White House officials have talked to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie about taking the top Pentagon job should Trump decide to fire Esper, three senior administration officials said. Two senior administration officials said Trump discussed the position directly with Wilkie at the White House …

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WaPo: DeJoy Reimbursed Staffers’ Donations To GOP

The Washington Post reports: Louis DeJoy’s prolific campaign fundraising, which helped position him as a top Republican power broker in North Carolina and ultimately as head of the U.S. Postal Service, was bolstered for more than a decade by a practice that left many employees feeling pressured to make political contributions to GOP candidates — money DeJoy later reimbursed through …

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POLL: Skepticism Grows Over Rushed COVID Vaccine

CBS News reports: Skepticism about getting a coronavirus vaccine has grown since earlier this summer, and most voters say if a vaccine were made available this year, their first thought would be that it was rushed through without enough testing. Just 21% of voters nationwide now say they would get a vaccine as soon as possible if one became available …

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Sanders Calls Ex-Colleague A “Foulmouthed NYC Jew”

Business Insider reports: In “Speaking for Myself: Faith Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House,” Sarah Sanders describes former White House colleague Josh Raffel as “a liberal, aggressive, foulmouthed Jew from New York City,” according to Jewish Insider, which obtained a preview copy of the book. During his time working at the White House, Raffel …

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Anthony Fauci Says “What?” After Trump Says Country Is “Rounding The Corner” On Battling COVID Pandemic

CNN reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that he’s not sure what President Donald Trump meant when he said earlier that evening that the country is “rounding the corner” on the coronavirus pandemic. “I’m not sure what he means,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Jim Acosta on “The Situation Room.” Earlier …

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WH To Feds: Cancel All Racial Sensitivity Training

The Washington Post reports: President Trump is moving to revamp federal agencies’ racial sensitivity trainings, casting some of them as “divisive” and “un-American,” according to a memo by the White House Office of Management and Budget. In the two-page memo, OMB Director Russell Vought says Trump has asked him to prevent federal agencies from spending millions in taxpayer dollars on …

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USPS Police Block Dem Rep From Scheduled Visit

The Washington Post reports: U.S. Postal Service police officers barred a Florida congresswoman from scheduled tours at two mail processing complexes Friday, blocking entry to the facilities and threatening to escort her from the property if she refused to leave. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) had arrived at the Royal Palm Processing and Distribution Center in Opa-Locka, Fla., for a …

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World Famous Liars Deny “Losers And Suckers” Report

The Trump campaign today published a collection of world famous liars denying The Atlantic report that Trump called US Marines killed in a famous World World I battle “losers” and “suckers.” The report also says that Trump didn’t want amputees appearing in parades because “nobody wants to see that.” Other famous liars are at the link above. The Atlantic story …

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Pentagon To Shutter 170 Year-Old Stars & Stripes

USA Today reports: Even for those of us who are all too wearily familiar with President Donald Trump’s disdain for journalists, his administration’s latest attack on the free press is a bit of a jaw-dropper. In a heretofore unpublicized memo, the Pentagon delivered an order to shutter the Stars and Stripes, a newspaper that has been a lifeline and a …

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Stephen Miller Calls WWI Report “A Despicable Lie”

The Washington Examiner reports: Former and current White House officials angrily denied a report that President Trump disparaged American war dead, saying instead that he was “livid” that bad weather meant he could not visit a French cemetery for U.S. soldiers killed in World War I. Stephen Miller, senior adviser to the president who was on the trip to France, …

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Justice Dept To Bring Anti-Trust Suit Against Google

The New York Times reports: The Justice Department plans to bring an antitrust case against Google as soon as this month, after Attorney General William P. Barr overruled career lawyers who said they needed more time to build a strong case against one of the world’s wealthiest, most formidable technology companies, according to five people briefed on internal department conversations. …

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McEnany Runs Pelosi Clip On Loop During Presser

Mediaite reports: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany opened her press briefing on Thursday by announcing that she would play the video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) getting her hair done at a closed hair salon “on a loop.” “As you can see, we found Nancy Pelosi going into her hair salon. We will be playing the video on …

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